Mumbai won the Ranji Trophy for a record 41st time with a comprehensive innings and 21-run victory over Saurashtra on day three of the five-day final. Buoyed by Shreyas Iyer’s brilliant 117 on day two, Mumbai posted 371 runs and took a lead of 136 runs in the morning session of day three courtesy Siddesh Lad’s 101-ball 88-run knock, and it did not take Mumbai bowlers much time to wrap up the match as they bundled out Saurashtra for a paltry 115 in the second innings.
Mumbai have won the tournament the most number of times with 41 wins including 15 back-to-back wins from 1958–59 to 1972–73.
Did You Know???
- The Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket championship played in India between teams representing regional cricket associations.
- The competition currently consists of 27 teams, with 21 of the 29 states in India and Delhi (which is an Union Territory), having at least one representation.
- The competition is named after first Indian Cricketer who played for England and Sussex, Ranjitsinhji who was also known as “Ranji”.
- The trophy was donated by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala.
- The first match of the competition was held on 4 November 1934 between Madras and Mysore at Chepauk.
- A 28th team from Chhattisgarh will take part in the tournament from the 2016–17 Ranji Trophy.